SOUTHPORT Weekender, on holiday. The timeless UK bash spawned this sun-kissed lovechild back in 2010, and what a summer fling it’s been. Immediately garnering respect amongst fans of soulful, chunky beats thanks to pioneering bookings, this edition will be no different; disco, house, R&B, techno, and all between.
ONE of the UK’s best-loved festivals, Secret Garden Party waves farewell in 2017, so expect it to go out with a bang! Oooh, there seems to be something in our eye...
TS5 was the smash hit of the summer last year, selling out all eight weeks of its debut season. It returns again this year, with the UK garage superstar once again singing, MCing and DJing all at the same time, while blending old school hits, R&B and house.
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30 YEARS OF SOUTHPORT WEEKENDER
After a fantastic debut last year, a cluster of warehouses just outside Liverpool city centre once again plays home to a plethora of globally renowned disco and house acts — this year additionally celebrating Southport Weekender’s 30th birthday!
WITH a vibe a bit like a hippy commune, Nozstock combines rolling English countryside, charming hand-crafted production, and reggae, hip-hop, drum & bass, ska, psy-trance and the like. Look out for DJ Mag Bunker-hosted sets at the fest this year!
A festival of insane proportions, Tomorrowland is so big it’s now two weekends, boasts 69 arena hosts, over 1,000 artists, and DJs who would usually only play late at night open the event — Carl Cox midday set anyone? Alas, it’s so big it sold out within 64 minutes.
ONE of the oldest in Croatia’s ever-growing warm weather scene, for many Soundwave defines the party trip ethos. More than a festival — not least 13 boat sessions scheduled for the ninth edition this year, amazing local bars, picturesque scenery and community spirit — this might be the Adriatic’s most varied ticket.
WE could all probably do with a few more reasons to be cheerful right now, but thankfully those folks down in Jersey have us covered — top stuff, as per!
ONE for the EDM set, when Black Sheep opened last year it blew expectations out of the water. Or into the water, depending on how hot and sweaty they were. The throwdown again descends on Croatia’s holy quartet — Aquarius, Kalypso, Noa, and Papaya — meaning big production, and big choons.
NOW flexing an extra day to celebrate ten years, Amsterdam’s premier culture hurricane Dekmantel continues to be one of the most innovative and extensive arts festivals in Europe, with lectures, workshops and raves. Day tickets are already sold out.
THE longest-running all-drum & bass festival, Czech Republic’s Let It Roll gets bigger and more audacious with its production every year. With a spaceship mainstage, an eye-melting opening ceremony and a line-up that represents all colours of the jungle rainbow, this year’s label arena hosts include Hospital, Ram, Shogun, Eatbrain, Symmetry, Dispatch and Critical.
AKA: The Art Of Techno Exhibition. Neopop is a celebration of electronica in all its nascent and innovative forms as it welcomes generations of top-notch acts to perform across two stages in its grand fort-side location in North Portugal. From DJ Bone to Dixon by way of Kraftwerk 3D, Neopop continues to represent the true craft.
GET OFF on this beauty… A cosy lakeside retreat due west of Krakow, OFF has been in operation since 2006 and consistently maintained a size and left-of-centre remit that relishes in the indie fringes. Home to a series of talks and workshops, plus some premium techno, hip-hop, rock and electronica, OFF is most definitely ON.
Having sold out every year since debuting in 2015, and looking likely to again this year, it’s safe to say 51st State has nailed the London festival game. Although it’s unsurprising really, considering how many undisputed legends of house and disco are playing.
RELOCATING to London for 2017, EE boasts stages from Knee Deep In Sound, Skreamism, Defected, Rinse and more, but we’re secretly most excited to see Seth Troxler’s latest promo vid...
OFFERING a bill of super-cool, highly individual acts you’d seriously struggle to find elsewhere, Visions brings together music, art, food and even a dog show, building a creative hub in the capital’s buzzing London Fields area.
WE struggle to think of any festival that goes quite as far as Boomtown to create a completely immersive experience — come on, they literally build a friggin’ town! Oh, and all that reggae, drum & bass, house and techno isn’t too bad either...
GOTHENBURG’S gift. Way Out West is more than just a three-day appreciation of great music in a park in the centre of Sweden’s hipster capital; as the festival winds down at night, the clubs wind up for Stay Out West, a series of parties hosted by Diplo, Shake070 and many more.
THE UK’s most prolific and prominent proper house crew are in the... Garden. Prepare for boat parties skippered (well, soundtracked at least) by decade-spanning dons, and a week’s worth of sunrises at the legendary Barbarella’s open air nightclub, hosted by some of the freshest players in the scene.
WELSH woodland and a dedication to building a fun, friendly, family-like vibe keeps Gottwood rammed year after year, and earned the event Best Boutique Festival at last year’s DJ Mag Best Of British Awards.
A music and art festival, set deep in the heart of the stunning Norfolk countryside, and curated by Fabric resident and Musical Director Craig Richards? Yes, yes, yes... take our money!
THERE’S few places in the UK more beautiful than the Cornish coast, and coupling that with a wide range of big name DJs and MCs, and a chance to ride the country’s best breakers, makes Boardmasters practically impossible to resist.
RETURNING for a second year, Sunfall once again splits an unbelievable line-up over a daytime fest in Brockwell Park and night-time parties at a host of London’s best venues. Decisions, decisions...
AFTER a fifth instalment in 2016, best described as ‘proper stomping’, Croatian institution Barrakud is back for round six. Keeping the format — a five-day club crawl — whether you sleep or not is irrelevant, given that intensity and atmosphere scarcely let up from the off. Convincing, then you notice the price.
A brand new two-day party in the idyllic grounds of a 13th century Bavarian castle, limited to 700 people with full focus on discerning house, disco and techno and fine food and artistic direction from DJ Tennis. This almost sounds too good to be true. Get on board; if Farrago smashes it this year, it will only get bigger.
BARCELONA’S beloved party brand Elrow hits the UK capital for an open-air one-dayer. Expect top quality house and techno, more confetti than a Vegas chapel and all the colours. Seriously, all of them.
BASS buttons on, heads down; Time Dance continues its Croatian legacy with the fifth instalment of Sonus, bringing heavyweight techno to idyllic Pag Island. Four days and nights of relentless, uninterrupted seriousness contrast the blue skies and gorgeous rays, making for possibly the best idea Team Mannheim will ever have.
CELEBRATING 20 years in 2017, Creamfields is nothing short of legendary in the UK festival scene. This year’s line-up is as epic as ever (five pages long, in fact), offering EDM superstars and big name DJs from across the dance spectrum.
A host of underground dance music’s best and brightest, well-being workshops and top-notch comedy acts, all set in a secluded woodland location decked out in weird and wonderful production? Don’t mind if we do!
PACKING a titillating array of funk, jazz, Afrobeat, reggae, drum & bass and other dance, hippy fest Shambala is all about positive vibes, well-being and dancing ‘til you drop. Spread the love, people!
A staple of the London festival calendar, SW4 pulls in the biggest names in mainstream dance like no other UK event, and packs a healthy helping of underground talent too.
WHERE to start? For many this is more than a festival, it’s pretty much a way of life. It will take you over, above and beyond your wildest dreams, a celebration of life experiences. Aiming to ‘guide, nurture and protect’, this annual event will probably change your whole outlook.
ALL aboard! The Ark is a unique four-day sonic voyage across the seven seas (well, the Med) on a massive cruise liner that’s also home to a two Michelin Star restaurant, a rock climbing wall, cinemas and even its own shopping mall. Not that you’ll have any time for that type of caper; the line-up is stacked!
THE biggest soundsystem culture festival in Europe should be proud of all it’s achieved. Episode ten looks to be a fittingly loud anniversary, turning everything up to 11 at the epic fortress site, whilst the opening concert — Dizzee Rascal, DJ Shadow and The Outlook Orchestra — is a real one-off.
IT’S all change for one of the nation’s best-loved fests this year, as the Isle Of Wight’s Bestival goes back to its roots design-wise and relocates to a castle in Dorset. Plus, Rob Da Bank’s taste in acts is still as impeccable as ever.
AFTER a cracking first year, Hospitality returns to Finsbury Park bigger and better, this year teaming up with Fabriclive, Let It Roll, Deep Medi and more.
WITH Mint Club, Mint Warehouse and Mint Festival, there’s no doubt they like to keep things fresh up in Leeds (sorry, couldn’t resist!), and consistently solid line-ups suggest 2017 will be no different.
NO details for this one yet, but having scooped Best Festival at our 2016 Best Of British Awards, it’s safe to say Nic Fanciulli’s The Social Festival guarantees a good time.